Item #33330969 The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette. By, Hester Sainsbury, Illustrations, rthur, reeling.
The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette
The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette
The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette
The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette
The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette

The Ladies' Pocket Book of Etiquette

Waltham Saint Lawrence: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1928. Limited Edition. Hardcover. One of 500 copies, duodecimo size, 67 pp., with original dust jacket. Near fine / good +. Item #33330969

We find etiquette books such as this a delight to read, providing as they do glimpses into a world long gone. This book, for example, contains a chapter on the then-new "waltzing" with a warning to parents about the perils of unmarried couples touching. The Contents lists such topics as "Introductions", "Visitors and Visiting", "Waltzing", "Marriage", "Servants", and "the Philosophy of certain Fashionable Observances".

This charming publication by the Golden Cockerel Press contains four engravings on copper by Hester Sainsbury (1890-1967) who, although apparently had no formal art training, provided the illustrations for the first book of the Favil Press, a small collection of Sainsbury's poems, among many others (see Horne p. 381). She "became a successful artist and print-maker in the 1920s, being known among other things for using an engraving tool that cut multiple parallel lines rather than the usual one. She made fine art prints and illustrations by engraving both copper and wood. The author Philip Neil describes her engravings as 'fresh, supple, and irresistibly charming' " (n.b., quote from Wiki).

Arthur Freeling, although having penned several books on etiquette including this work, as well as a "Railway Companion", never earned an entry into the DNB (Dictionary of [British] National Biography) and therefore we are unable to shed any light on his life.

___DESCRIPTION: Quarter bound in parchment with special printed boards, gilt lettering on the shelfback, fore- and bottom edges uncut, "Publisher's Note" dated 1928 setting forth the hope that "despite the passage of time and the inevitable slight variation of manners" the book would still prove worthy, followed by the author's "Preface to the Edition of 1838", four copper engravings throughout the text, original pink ribbon marker; Caslon O.F. type on hand-made paper, duodecimo size (7" by 4.75"), pagination: [i-x], 1-55, blank [56], colophon [57]. Dust jacket of rose-coloured paper with black lettering and decorative border around title on the front; unclipped although no price printed; the volume sold new for 15 shillings in 1928.

___CONDITION: Volume could almost be deemed fine, the parchment shelfback without wear (although with light dustiness), the paper boards clean (having been protected by the dust jacket), the text block strong and sturdy with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; light foxing to the text block edges, light offsetting to the front endpaper, the ribbon marker still attached but frayed at both the top, where it is attached to the book, and at the bottom. The unclipped dust jacket a bit better than good, slight overall edgewear and light dustiness, sunning to the spine, and a prior owner affixed cello tape at the head and tail of the spine (both recto and verso) as well as at the bottom of the back panel (verso only) where there is a smal chip with a short closed tear. Even with these minor issues still a lovely copy of a charming publication, done in the seventh year of the Golden Cockerel Press.

___CITATION: Chanticleer no. 56.

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Price: $250.00